Now we come down to scoring the Platimax in four categories: performance, build
quality, functionality and value.
Performance (40% of the final score) - The Platimax is a
great unit, but peppered with a few disappointments. The voltage regulation
really use some help.
Not only the non-primary rails, but the +12V and +5VSB as well, which seemed
to get worse as temperature got higher. Efficiency was fantastic, although
it would be nice to see the unit actually hit 80 Plus Platinum at 100% load.
The ripple suppression was perfect and the Platimax passed the overshoot and
rise time tests. Given these results, I'm giving the Platimax a performance
score of 8.
Build Quality (20% of the final score) - There's not much
bad I can say about Enermax's build quality. The design is innovative, the
components used are top notch and the actual craftsmanship of the assembly
is fantastic. Build quality score is 10.
Functionality (20% of the final score) - With it's compact size and full modularity,
there isn't a bad thing I can say about the Platimax. There are plenty of cables
and connectors to go around and everything you could possibly need, nylon bags
for the cables, a cord keeper, Velcro straps, are all included. Functionality
score is 10.
Value (20% of the final score) - Currently, the Platimax
1200W is on Newegg for $319. While it's hard to say if that's a decent price
for an 80 Plus Platinum certified 1200W power supply, since there aren't any
other 80 Plus Platinum certified 1200W power supplies available in the U.S.
yet, it is quite expensive for a 1200W. It's even $40 more than the 80 Plus
Gold certified MaxRevo 1200W. Although I believe that there is a price premium
for higher efficiency, how much should that price premium be, and should it
be far beyond the point of diminishing returns and your electric bill. Also,
I can't help but to point out that it seems we have been sacrificing some performance,
albeit well within specification, for slightly higher efficiency. For value,
I'm giving the Platimax a score of 7.
The Platimax is very efficient, fully modular, has great ripple suppression
and is of excellent build quality. Unfortunately, it's also expensive and there
is real room for improvement of the voltage regulation. Over all, the Platimax
is certainly one of the finest 1200W power supplies we've reviewed and certainly
should be a consideration if you're in the market for such a beast, especially
if you can get one at a lower price or if some promotions start popping up
that can help sweeten the deal.
80 Plus Platinum efficiency (almost)
Excellent ripple suppression
Excellent build quality
Plenty of cables and connectors
Comes with "bonus" 140mm fan
If we still graded aesthetics, I'd give this unit a 10 just for the platinum
colored trim around the fan
Below average voltage regulation
Standard mounting screws instead of thumb screws
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